Friday, March 16, 2018

ACT Worksheets

ACT--Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, for long--encourages us to stop devoting all our energy to battling our symptoms (say, anxiety or depression) and instead focus on working toward the meaningful goals we set for ourselves. Our symptoms will just have to come along for the ride. Sound interesting? On, find big sets of ACT-oriented worksheets from ACT therapist Russ Harris. Set aside your symptoms for a moment and check them out. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mindfulness Apps

Hey, it's the future. Maybe not everything you're working on mental-health-wise has to be done with pencil and a worksheet or couch and therapist. Take mindfulness meditation practice. It's nice to read about (check out Jon Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go, There You Are, for starters). But even better, having someone to guide you. When that's not available (most of the time), get that guidance with the help of an app. Many have stepped in to make this possible. Some good choices are listed in these articles:
Head Space is the app that seems to be mentioned most among people here in L.A. Try it out. If you find something better, drop a line and say so. Thanks and happy meditating.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Free CBT Workbooks

We've posted these before and we'll post them again. The Centre for Clinical Interventions (that's right, "Centre") has a long list of free CBT-based workbooks waiting to help you tackle a wide variety of issues: panic, stress, depression, self-esteem, perfectionism, procrastination, body acceptance, assertiveness... We could keep typing, or you could just click the link.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Mindfulness Exercises

From the One Mind Dharma blog, here's a page of mindfulness exercises, including a section on mindfulness for anxiety. Here's something to try:

Finger BreathingFinger breathing is one of Elizabeth’s favorite practices to offer. We recently had a student of ours who works in a trauma unit at a hospital tell us that they use this practice during their chaotic work days. Like the self-compassion practice, this is one you can lead as a group, but people can also take home to use on their own time.
People can do this with eyes open or closed, and they may use one hand or both hands. Start with the thumb on the index finger. As you inhale, slide the the thumb toward the tip and squeeze. As you exhale, slide the thumb back down the index finger. With the next breath, move on to the middle finger. You can continue this practice to the pinky finger, then move back toward the index finger. This is a great way to engage with mindfulness, as we are breathing mindfully but using the additional experience of the finger-touching to help us concentrate.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Anger Management and More

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services has a big page of free mental health handouts. Here's a sampling--just the anger management ones:

Anger Management
Other categories include recovery, relationship issues, sexual abuse, sex offender treatment, and youth treatment. Enjoy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Child Behavior Worksheets

There are worksheets, handouts, letters, certificates and more at About the org:
Our mission is to advance the social and emotional behavior of children...through a series of interlocking parent, teacher and child programs supported by more than thirty years of clinically proven worldwide research.
 Poke around, stay a while. Enjoy.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Speak Up! Workbook

Here's the STIR Speak-Up Manual via the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
The training is designed to empower people with developmental disabilities. It provides the practical, “how to” tools necessary for anyone who is interested in being a self-advocate and leader in making choices and decisions about how they live their lives.
Chapters included: Knowing Yourself, Communication and Self-Assertiveness, and Problem Solving. We'll label it "life skills" and "communication."